Celebrated on the Seventh Sunday of Easter
This year, Jerusalem Sunday falls on May 16, 2021. At the 2013 Joint Assembly, the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada designated the Seventh Sunday of Easter to be an annual church observance to celebrate companionship in God’s mission with the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem in Jerusalem, Israel, Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria.
The Diocese is a historic and active member of the Christian, ecumenical, and interfaith community of the Middle East. It is home to several thousand Arab Anglicans in thirty parishes and situated in one of the world’s holiest destinations for Christian, Jewish, and Muslim pilgrims. For more information about the life and work of this Diocese, see their website.
As tensions and violence are currently increasing in this region, it is important to be aware of and learn about the situation there. The Relations Jerusalem and the Middle East webpage on the Anglican Church of Canada website provides information and links. Our post “Ecumenical Letter to Canadian Government” outlines our denominations’ concerns regarding evictions and demolitions of Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem.
On May 11, the Anglican Church of Canada posted the following on its Facebook page:
The Patriarchs and Heads of Churches of Jerusalem have released a statement concerning the recent violence in the Holy City. We continue to pray for the peace of Jerusalem.